Italy consoled against Belgium
In a game with more youth than expected, Italy was left with third place in the League of Nations, a pyrrhic booty for the European champion that at least means adding points in the FIFA ranking in search of securing a space at the top as standard if he seals the pass for the next World Cup. Belgium is less concerned about this situation because it has been leading a classification that reflects a barely statistical dominance for three years. When it comes to the big stages, the team that Roberto Martínez coaches always falls behind expectations. The defeat in Turin against Italy may also lead to their falling from their statistical throne sooner rather than later.
Italy showed Belgium the way. He was passionate as he is, vibrant at times, bold from the beginning to apply himself in a pressure that had more gas than sediment, but showed muscle. In a duel with a formal aspect and marked by absences (Hazard and Lukaku were no longer with the team and De Bruyne spent the first hour of the game on the bench, where Verratti, Jorginho and Insigne also sat), Italy exhibited a fur similar to the one that brought him to the European throne last year. It interprets a model of pressure on the ball holder that turns every game into a demanding test for any rival. Although this time he did not have a physique left over to interpret it.
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Belgium has plenty of wicker and category to escape the pressure, but a melancholic air accompanies it. In addition, in this appointment, fortune and aim abandoned him. Up to three times he finished off the stick. Saelemaekers, Batshuayi and Carrasco tasted them. The Belgian team had more chances than football, they also had pride not to get carried away. But Italy won, more concrete. He was able to score in the last action of the first half, but Courtois frustrated Chiesa in the one-on-one. The goal came to him in the first attack after the restart, a shot from the front of Barella after a corner kick, a defensive inattention when closing rejection positions.
When Belgium was reeling from defeat and De Bruyne came to the rescue, a penalty from Castagne to Chiesa, always in the best sauces, defined the game. Berardi scored and relieved Italy, which as the minutes went by fell. The Belgians persisted and their effort made the victory of the Italians worthwhile, who rushed to defend the victory with nails, teeth and legs fresh from replacements when, with five minutes to go, De Ketelaere reduced the gap in a score that was never returned to move.
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